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Best-selling Latino Albums in the US 

Trailblazer of the Day | Friday, October 11, 2013


We conclude our “30 Days of Latino Trailblazers” with music in our hearts. Today we celebrate the all-time best-selling Latin albums in the United States...

The all-time best-selling Latin album in the U.S. is Selena’s Dreaming of You, released in 1995 just months after her murder. A record-breaking 133,000 fans bought the album on its first day of release. Selena was the first Tejana to win a Grammy.

Four other Latinos have produced albums which have earned “multiple platinum” status for sales: Gloria Estefan’s Mi Tierra (1993), Carlos Santana’s Supernatural (1999), Maná’s Dónde Jugarán Los Niños? (1992) and Shakira’s Fijación Oral Volume 1 (2005).

Other musical milestones:

•    The first Latino to sell more than 100 million albums in the U.S. is Linda Ronstadt, whose versatility has earned her a Latin Grammy, Country Music Award and Emmy Award, as well as nominations for a Tony Award and Golden Globe.

•    The best-selling Latin album in the U.S. in the 21st Century is Daddy Yankee’s Barrio Fino (2004).

•    Three Latinos have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Carlos Santana (1998), Herb Alpert (2006) and Ritchie Valens (2001), whose 1958 cover of the classic Mexican folk song La Bamba was one of the best-selling singles of the decade.